Weekly Feminist Reader

NSA surveillance and the male gaze.

Racist of the Week Paulina Deen has been fired.

But, before that, she inspired some really great tweets.

The Department of Ed will collect data on anti-LGBT bullying.

We need to talk about disability and feminism.

High schools are trying restorative justice to keep kids from dropping out.

On the “safe kind of brown.”

An open letter to gay men about women’s consent.

Oh no! The poor, poor sexually abusive colleges!

What’s a city Indian?

A female writer responds to Vice‘s recent spread fetishizing other female writers’ suicides.

We are the 15%.

What if fatness is part of human biodiversity?

On trans elders and elder abuse.

MHP’s open letter to Serena Williams.

Because Williams’ apology wasn’t good enough.

Ten rules about recording cops.

We’re here, we’re queer, and we look real cute.

Why we don’t talk about abuse.

GWU orientation includes a transphobic skit (TW) that promotes rape culture. Stand with students demanding change.

Hypothetically speaking, Hillary Clinton is running.

We need diversity in YA.

Jessica on the default male audience.

Is there radical potential in beauty pageants?

Public choking isn’t a “private” matter.

Amy Poehler thanks domestic workers.

This week in Miley Cyrus and cultural appropriation.

High school feminist society met with harassment.

The latest campus with sexism and frat problems? Monster’s University.

But, on the plus side, the video is super queer.

“White trash” and compulsory sterilization.

Are your female politicians fertile enough?

Five things to tell a friend who has been assaulted.

Do you really, really love @feministtswift?

What have you been reading/writing/watching/listening to this week?

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  1. Posted June 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed and agreed with the review of “Don’t Call Me Inspirational.” The book is a fast, deep read and Ruosso is a strong role model for people (especially women) with disabilities.

    I’m also currently reading Flight Patterns by Barbara Kingsolver. In addition to being vivid a beautiful writing, the book handles climate change seriously without preaching to the reader. Highly recommend.

  2. Posted June 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I realize this sounds picky, but hear me out: I’ve noticed a lot of younger feminists misusing “male gaze” to mean “men looking at us.” The male gaze is actually something else – it’s a film analysis term for the way the camera is used to present women in basically all visual media, in such a way that we wind up internalizing it as the way we and the world look, even though it is from a male perspective (an average man’s height, for instance, rather than an average woman’s eye level). Laura Mulvey coined this term in 1975 in an essay about cinema.

    I realize that language changes meaning over time, but the term “male gaze” was invented because this is an important concept and is often ignored. We already have lots of words for men looking at us with a sense of ownership — things like ogling, leering, staring, surveiling, objectifying, etc. Many women have never even thought about , for instance, the way cameras look down on them, or the way women are lit differently, or the fact that Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts are on opposite ends of the height spectrum but look like they’re the same height whenever a movie has one of them stand next to Ewan McGregor. We need male gaze in its true film crit meaning. We need to be shouting about it! We don’t need to use it as another word for “guys looking at me.”

    I would be happy to expand this for a feministing post if that would be helpful. (In terms of cred, I am a female filmmaker and published author with an advanced degree who sometimes lectures at art museums.)

  3. Posted June 24, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

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